The Convent is a 2000 horror film directed by Mike Mendez, featuring horror veteran Adrienne Barbeau. The film is about a group of college students that go into an abandoned convent, only to discover that it is inhabited by demons intent on possessing them. It premiered in January 2000 at the Sundance Film Festival. Due to the original distributor closing, the film was not released on home video until December 2002.
A young Christine breaks into a convent and systematically kills every nun she comes across before setting fire to the place and leaving. The convent becomes an abandoned building and, years later, is a popular place for college students to break in and vandalize, as it is reported to be haunted. It is particularly popular for sororities and fraternities to break in and try to spray-paint their letters on the bell tower, which is where Clorissa is headed that very night with her friends. She is joined by her old goth friend Mo, her nerdy brother Brant, ex-fraternity brother Frijole, the cheerleader Kaitlin and her dog, and fraternity brothers Chad and Biff.
At the convent, Biff and Frijole immediately start bullying Brant under the pretense that it is just routine hazing that all must go through in order to join the fraternity. This irritates Clorissa, who unsuccessfully tries to convince Brant that he should blow them off. Once inside, the group begins to explore the convent but are stopped by the arrival of two police officers that force them to leave and take a joint that one of them had been holding. Scared to lose her scholarship if she gets caught by the cops, Mo decides to stay and hide in the convent, having persuaded Frijole to cover for her by promising him they would have sex. The group then goes to a diner, where Frijole tells the group that they must go back for Mo as well as a large stash of pot that he left in the convent.
Back in the convent, Mo has been grabbed by a group of Satanists that are intent on sacrificing her as part of a ritual to give its leader Saul power and summon Satan to earth. As Mo listens to the group talk to one another, she realizes that while they are all ridiculously gothic pretentious and have no idea what they are doing, they are serious about killing her. She tries to talk them out of it but is ultimately unsuccessful. After she is stabbed in the heart by one of the Satanists, Mo is immediately possessed by one of the demons that were already inhabiting the convent and begins slaying everyone in the group except Saul and Dickie-Boy, who manage to escape. Meanwhile, the others have returned to the convent where they are also murdered one by one, until only Clorissa and Brant remain. Saul kidnaps Brant in the hopes of sacrificing him to Satan and sending the demons back, but Brant manages to escape and Saul is quickly killed and converted by the demons. Brant doesn't get far, as he and Dickie-Boy then get taken by the demons with the intent to use them in a sacrifice.
Clorissa makes her way to the convent and flees to the house of a now-grown Christine, who tells her the full story of the convent, which also served as an orphanage and home for pregnant teens. Christine admits that she did attack the nuns and the priest running the place, but it was because they had become possessed by demons and intended to take her baby and use him to create the Anti-Christ. She saved her son, but had to spend years in a mental institution as a result. Christine then goes on to say that every few years, college students break into the convent and become possessed by demons, but that little comes of it because she managed to fight them off and because none of them were virgins (meaning that Mo's claims of virginity were false), as only a virgin can become the Anti-Christ. Upon hearing that Brant is a virgin, Christine and Clorissa return to the convent to fight. They manage to fight off most of the demons but are unable to stop them from killing Dickie-Boy (who was also a virgin), who becomes the Anti-Christ. Christine then urges Clorissa and Brant to flee, as she will blow up the convent with herself and the Anti-Christ inside, as it is the only way to ensure that it will not escape. Clorissa and Brant escape the convent and find that the only other survivor is Kaitlin's dog, which Clorissa takes home with her. Once at home, Clorissa lies down on her bed to digest everything that happened and is promptly attacked by the dog, as it was also possessed by one of the demons.
The Convent was originally set to be released by the distributor A-Pix who went defunct. The film had been released as a bootleg prior to this on eBay and horror conventions. The film was released on VHS and DVD on December 11, 2002 by Trimark.
On Saturday, Nov. 5, The Convent Detroit will open its doors to the community for a grand opening that is free and open to the public. The opening will feature work by local artists, a live jazz trio, and a complimentary bar courtesy of Schvitz Detroit. The private art and wellness studios will be open for tours 5-7 p.m. For more information, go to conventdetroit.com.
The Convent is in fact a former convent, but the studious, cloistered nuns have long since been replaced by studious, cloistered graduate and re-entry students. Well, at least some of them are studious. The almost deity-like powers of maturity possessed by these wise scholars allow them to maintain a house that is clean, orderly, environmentally friendly, and fairly quiet. Well-roundedness of convent residents is ensured by regular games of pool, foosball, or dance-dance revolution in the spacious chapel-cum-game room, as well as many insightful crossdisciplinary discussions of academic esoterica. Occasionally, residents relive their heady college days during infamous once-a-semester parties, karaoke nights, and other social gatherings.
Text description provided by the architects. The intervention in the church of the convent of Sant Francesc, located in the Catalan town of Santpedor, was meant to convert the building into a cultural facility. The two phases implemented have allowed the building to be put to use as an auditorium and multipurpose cultural space. It is expected that in the future, a third stage will allow the upper floors of the chapels (on the south side of the church) to be used as a historical archive.
The convent complex of Sant Francesc was built in the eighteenth century by Franciscan priests. The convent, which includes the renovated Church, was built between 1721 and 1729. The complex was used as a convent until 1835. In 2000 the convent, by then in ruins, was demolished by the state. Only the church and part of the perimeter wall of the convent remained standing, although in very poor condition.
The renovation of the church occurred in 2003. The building had never been isolated, but an inextricable part of the whole convent complex. In fact, the existing upper floors of the side chapels of the church were units that could only be accessed from the first floor of the convent, but not from the church itself. With the demolition of the convent, the church, which originally only had two walls, went on to have four.
The small, beautiful Convent of St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess of Russia is tucked away in a forested area of rural Scott Valley, a few miles from the town of Etna, located in the far north of California. Established in 1984, this traditional Greek Orthodox convent is a dependency of the Holy monastery of Sts. Cyprian and Justina in Phyle, Greece and is under the spiritual direction of the founder and abbess, Mother Elizabeth, and His Eminence, the Most Reverend Bishop Auxentios of Etna and Portland, who resides at the nearby St. Gregory Palamas Monastery.
As a traditional Orthodox convent, we maintain a full cycle of daily church services and have two chapels: the main one dedicated to our patroness, St. Elizabeth, and a smaller one dedicated to St. Xenia of St. Petersburg. We support ourselves through a variety of handiwork, offering a range of high quality items made by the sisters.
How to clean: In the convent, cleanliness is next to godliness. And at summer camp we cleaned every single Saturday. We cleaned the German way: to perfection! The entire camp was transformed from top to bottom to welcome in new guests by that evening. Camp taught me how to pull my weight and have fun in the process. I could take pride in my work and care for the goods entrusted to me. Fast-forward a few years to cleaning the chapel at our provincial house and I was ready for the challenge of dusting every kneeler in the place in record time!
There are other practical skills I learned at summer camp that reappeared in convent life: how to wake up early, how to date food when putting away leftovers, how to cook for a crowd, how to play a mean game of pingpong. There are so many memories for me to treasure. As far as I know I'm the only vocation to religious life with this unique experience. This doesn't make me special, but I do think it makes me all the more grateful for how it's shaped my life.
In the late 1970s, the historian Judith Brown was researching the Medici family when she came upon a mysterious seventeenth-century ecclesiastical investigation. The subject was Mother Superior Benedetta Carlini, an Italian Catholic nun accused of being a heretic and of having sexual relations with another women in her convent, Sister Bartolomea Crivelli.
In a last-ditch effort to keep the convent open, Panza and Punnacka had proposed over the summer signing over ownership of the property directly to the Vatican, to be used for papal charities, while the sisters would be allowed to remain.
Local media reports that when the closure of the convent was announced in 2021, rumors circulated of plans to build a luxury hotel complex on the site. The city council of Ravello came out in opposition to the closure, citing the historical and cultural significance of the convent.
During the Second World War, for instance, King Victor Emmanuel III, Queen Helen and their son Prince Humbert were frequent visitors to the convent, where they supported the rebuilding of a kindergarten and also the production of clothing and other basic supplies for the poor of the city. 041b061a72